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Establishment of Class E Airspace; Coaldale, NV

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ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This action establishes Class E airspace at Coaldale VHF Omni-Directional Radio Range Tactical Air Navigational Aid (VORTAC), Coaldale, NV to facilitate vectoring of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) aircraft under control of Oakland Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC). This action enhances the safety and management of IFR operations within the National Airspace System.

DATES:

Effective date, 0901 UTC, January 10, 2013. The Director of the Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under 1 CFR Part 51, subject to the annual revision of FAA Order 7400.9 and publication of conforming amendments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Eldon Taylor, Federal Aviation Administration, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057; telephone (425) 203-4537.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

History

On July 24, 2012, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to establish controlled airspace at Coaldale, NV (77 FR 43181). Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. The FAA received one comment from the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA).

The NBAA felt the reasons put forth in the NPRM for lowering the Class E airspace down to 1,200 feet above the surface was vague and did not name the terminal areas specifically that would benefit from lowering the Class E airspace. The commenter also recommended that the FAA lower the Class E airspace in a much larger area pushing the airspace north to the boundaries of Oakland ARTCC and Seattle ARTCC airspace, and east to the boundaries of Oakland ARTCC and Salt Lake City ARTCC airspace.

The FAA is creating this airspace at the request of the Oakland ARTCC to aid with the navigation of aircraft within the ARTCC's airspace area by assisting aircraft arriving and departing numerous terminal areas. The FAA feels that making the area larger is not needed at this time and is outside the scope of this rulemaking. Further widening of the airspace would not serve the immediate purpose of establishing the Class E-6 en route airspace area to assist Oakland ARTCC.

Class E airspace designations are published in paragraph 6006, of FAA Order 7400.9W dated August 8, 2012, and effective September 15, 2012, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR Part 71.1. The Class E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in that Order.

The Rule

This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 71 by establishing Class E airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface, in the vicinity of the Coaldale VORTAC navigation aid, Coaldale, NV, to accommodate IFR aircraft under control of the Oakland ARTCC by vectoring aircraft from en route airspace to terminal areas. This action is necessary for the safety and management of IFR operations.

The FAA has determined this regulation only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. Therefore, this regulation: (1) Is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a “significant rule” under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034; February 26, 1979); and (3) does not warrant preparation of a regulatory evaluation as the anticipated impact is so minimal. Since this is a routine matter that will only affect air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified this rule, when promulgated, will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. The FAA's authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the U.S. Code. Subtitle 1, Section 106 discusses the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the agency's authority. This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart I, Section 40103. Under that section, the FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to assign the use of airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority as it establishes controlled airspace at the Coaldale VORTAC, Coaldale, NV.

Environmental Review

The FAA has determined that this action qualifies for categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1E, “Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures,” paragraph 311a. This airspace action is not expected to cause any potentially significant environmental impacts, and no extraordinary circumstances exist that warrant preparation of an environmental assessment.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

Adoption of the Amendment

In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amends 14 CFR part 71 as follows:

PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS

1. The authority citation for

Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40103, 40113, 40120; E. O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.

[Amended]

2. The incorporation by reference in

Paragraph 6006 En Route Domestic Airspace Areas.

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AWP NV E6 Coaldale, NV [New]

Coaldale VORTAC

(Lat. 38°00′12″ N., long. 117°46′14″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface bounded by a line beginning at lat. 38°55′20″ N., long. 119°22′42″ W.; to lat. 38°57′46″ N., long. 119°14′44″ W.; to lat. 38°41′13″ N., long. 118°53′31″ W.; to lat. 38°44′27″ N., long. 118°48′52″ W.; to lat. 38°37′03″ N., long. 118°40′45″ W.; to lat. 38°23′17″ N., long. 118°20′35″ W.; to lat. 38°16′55″ N., long. 118°13′39″ W.; to lat. 38°02′23″ N., long. 117°56′00″ W.; to lat. 37°45′08″ N., long. 117°41′19″ W.; to lat. 37°45′58″ N., long. 117°39′55″ W.; to lat. 37°29′37″ N., long. 117°25′57″ W.; to lat. 37°15′12″ N., long. 117°13′46″ W.; to lat. 37°12′00″ N., long. 117°20′00″ W.; to lat. 37°12′02″ N., long. 117°38′40″ W.; to lat. 37°19′09″ N., long. 117°58′15″ W.; to lat. 37°28′23″ N., long. 117°54′28″ W.; to lat. 37°55′00″ N., long. 118°10′30″ W.; to lat. 38°04′06″ N., long. 119°15′00″ W.; thence to the point of origin.

Issued in Seattle, Washington, on October 23, 2012.

Vered Lovett,

Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center.

[FR Doc. 2012-27666 Filed 11-14-12; 8:45 am]

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